XINXIN's SparkPeople Blog XINXIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Long time no see Hi everybody, how is everyone? <BR> I haven't been around much these days. I was busy between my parents' visits, then going on my own holidays and busy settling back in the normal day to day life. Busy busy. <BR> But this doesn't mean that I stopped in my program. Actually, everything is going smooth at the moment. I got a workout buddy, my hubby. Now we drop the kids to school in the morning, then we will go on our daily walk together. We haven't spend this much time together alone since my... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 06:52:06 EST 3 months later I am happy. <BR> Why? <BR> 1. My weight finally dropped below 85 kg. <BR> 2. My weight is staying under 85 kg. <BR> 3. I feel more energized. <BR> 4. I don't feel dead after a day of work. <BR> 5. I found that walking is the best exercise for me. <BR> 6. My neck is showing. <BR> 7. My face is getting smaller. <BR> 8. My clothes look better on me. <BR> <BR> It looks like now, the key to a success diet journey is being in control. Control what you put in your mouth and how much you put in it.... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 14:42:06 EST Do you want to make some extra cash? I was almost out of job. Recently I was going through the internet trying to find some source to make money. I found this great sites that you can make some money by writing stuff. Well I do enjoy writing and I do write regularly. So I joined. I didn't make great money yet. But every bit helps. <BR> You can check it out if you want. <BR><BR>0dab9552.23134019 <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 17:21:42 EST A busy summer My parents are here for the summer, and they have another month with us. Oh it is a lot of work. <em>20</em> <BR> The most great thing is, my mum is pushing me do more exercise and eat more healthy. The progress I have in the past month is brilliant. Great! <BR> <em>334</em> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 04:22:22 EST Go on. For the last 30 days. I was sick for half of them. <BR> <BR> When I could start exercise, I agreed with my husband's and start workout with him in the evening when he comes home form work. Well, it wasn't bad at all. I finally get to see the fun part of having a exercise buddy. <BR> <BR> Another thing, I started jogging. I didn't have to go very fast. Just a little faster than fast walking. I was fun too. I think I am going to continue to do it. <BR> <BR> Excellent! <em>250</em> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:44:08 EST 14 days left Only 14 days left on my recent 30 days count. I can not believe I was sick for almost half of it. <BR> <BR> Well stuff like this happens, I have learnt that not everything has to be perfect. Even it annoys me very much when I can not follow my plan from day 1. I am not going to wait until the next 30 days come to start over. I think that's why I failed most my weight loss journey in the past. <BR> <BR> Just do everything I can do, everyday and any chance I have got. <em>403</em> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 16:08:16 EST Set goals for next 30 days I am happy with last 30 days results. I really hope to keep progressing. So here is few things I would like myself to do for the next 30 days. <BR> <BR> 1. About chocolate. After that test of whole month going without chocolate. I find that as long I don't eat them like a crazy person I will do alright. So if I want chocolate, I will have one piece of my emergency chocolate cookie which I learnt how to make following spark recipes. Or one square of a bar. <BR> <BR> 2. Dinner. Strictly no ... Wed, 15 May 2013 13:10:29 EST Had too much for dinner Oops! I kind of throw portion control behind my head. <BR> <BR> I found a recipe which my grandma used to make for me. Such taste which I miss so much. <BR> A flavor from childhood. I made last night at dinner time. And I had a bit more than I should. <BR> <BR> I have to make sure that don't happen again. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 12 May 2013 09:57:58 EST 1st of May 3 things today. <BR> <BR> 1. I weigh in myself this morning. The number dropped again. Woohoo! It's two weeks since my last weigh in. It's slow, but progressing. I am happy with it. <BR> <BR> 2. For the past 24 days, I was trying to stop eating chocolate. Well, I don't eat chocolate mindless. Not all the time. But I will have a bit every day. So what I did was try to avoid chocolate. Only for 2 or 3 days in those 24 days I had very tiny bite. Really tiny. <BR> <BR> Now I find that it's no... Wed, 1 May 2013 14:07:23 EST Happy morning. I weighed myself this morning. And I found myself dropped 1 kg. Woohoo! <BR> <BR> My weight hasn't changed for more than 6 months. I know, I know there are other things you can track. But I am just so happy. Well I guess I still care about that number. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 05:29:14 EST What else I can do? Chocolate, STOP EATING CHOCOLATE!! <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> (I WANT TO SEE IF I DON'T EAT CHOCOLATE FOR A MONTH, WHAT DIFFERENT IT MAKES. <BR> REPORT ON 1ST OF MAY.) Sun, 7 Apr 2013 17:26:04 EST Is Spring coming soon? This is the end of March. Can you believe it snowed whole day today? It's only a little above 0 degree this morning. <BR> <BR> I want to get out have some fun! When is the day coming?? <em>24</em> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:06:35 EST Feeling down. I set a short term goal a while ago to drop a stone by 8th of April. Now I have 23 days left and I am no where near progress. <em>29</em> For medical reasons I couldn't do any cadio for the past few weeks. I have only been walking. Apart from that the only thing I can do is eat less meat and intake more vegs. <em>380</em> <BR> Recently I am feeling tired all the time, I wonder if it's the weather. It's not cheering at all. <BR> Basically I am not as happy as I was. I should really do... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:29:04 EST A few things that's on my mind. 1. Strength training myself is important. Maybe only yoga won't do. <BR> 2. Maybe I should stop weigh myself, only use a tape. When I don't see the number moving, I get upset. And I really hate it. <BR> 3. I should stop being worried that I could not exercise when I am sick. Come on, things happens. I just need to relax. <BR> 4. Stick to the plan and good things happen in time. <BR> <em>306</em> <BR> Fri, 8 Mar 2013 16:05:09 EST I am happy. Almost 2 months past in new year. I finally see changes on the scale again. I know that is not the most important thing, but I am just happy to see it happening. At the same time, I notice the lump of fat on my back is getting smaller. Ha, I can't help it but laugh. <em>345</em> <BR> I am eating lots of veggies these days, I still enjoy meat, but with portion controls. <BR> <BR> I am glad I am still on track and see good things happening. Big cheers for me . <em>334</em> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:30:34 EST Another year. My mother-in-law finished her visit and went back home on New year eve. Now we are all back to normal. I can get my exercise back on track again since I had some free time. <BR> <BR> I lost few inches while she was here. Is it the stress or what? <em>20</em> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 11:43:26 EST Hope to see more progress My weight hasn't changed for a while now. The things keep me going is when I see my clothes fits better and the supports I receive from all the nice people from Sparkpeople. Thank you guys all very much. <BR> <BR> Recently because I have guest staying with us, didn't get much time to exercise but certainly I was not sitting all day. Busy, busy. So I would say that I am very active. <em>211</em> And I got into the habit to eat less for dinner, drinking bit soup before food helped a lot. I w... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 16:13:31 EST Can't find my scale. I am very busy these days with my mother-in-law in the house. Even I am bit behind the exercise plan but I still watch what I eat. <BR> I think all the extra work I do might help me lost bit more weight. But I can not find my scale. Maybe I will just weight myself later and be surprised. <em>9</em> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 15:02:47 EST Happy Halloween. It's that time of the year again. But this time we are not going crazy on the sweets now, are we? <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I haven't been active on the site for a while now. My mother in law is here to visit and she is staying for 3 months. A little tough time for myself. But I will continue with my plan. Wed, 31 Oct 2012 17:32:56 EST Different dinner and different me. A while ago, I took a piece of advise from my mum. I moved my dinner time to 6 pm. No rice or bread or meat. And have soup. <BR> At first, I feel hungry soon and don't feel full after each meal. Slowly I found that I don't feel so bloated as much as before. <BR> <BR> This is about 2 weeks and let's see how it goes. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:43:57 EST Report for my new arm exercise About 2 weeks ago I started a new exercise for my arms. <BR> I only took a measurement. It was 11.8 inch. Today I did again it's 11.6 inch. <BR> I only do this exercise one day after another. I think it works on me. <BR> <BR> Do you think 0.2 inch is progress? Tue, 16 Oct 2012 12:46:34 EST 14 Days of Arm exercise tryout Day one. <BR> <BR> I got these tips of internet for slim down arms. I want to try for 14 days see how it works. Thu, 4 Oct 2012 14:04:29 EST Changing one more habit I had a test done last week. I forgot how you call it. What happen is the doctor has this camera go from your throat down to the stomach. Wow, not pleasant at all. <em>198</em> <BR> When the report came out. I was told to avoid spicy food. <em>46</em> My favorite kind. Well, for my own benefit, I will have to do it. <BR> <BR> Another thing is , since this week. I am going to add soup to everyday. Before meals. I want to feel full before I had too much to eat. This is an experience for... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 16:04:48 EST School is back. Summer holidays are officially finished. That was the quickest 2 months of the year. <BR> I haven't been tracking much for the last 2 weeks. So busy taking the kids out to enjoy outdoors. We don't have much chance like this. We had great times. <BR> <BR> Now I will spend more time on the site while I have some time for just myself. <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 4 Sep 2012 03:41:30 EST Keeping myself in a good mood! I have done my walking today. Woohoo! <BR> <BR> <BR> I am with Spark people for more that 6 months now, I lost 7 kg and then get back up 2 kg. I read lots of articles on the web sites. I guess the 2 kg up maybe caused by the strength training-- I am growing muscles. Since that my weight hasn't been changed much, but I do see my clothes fits better and I am not as "jelly" as before. I am happy for myself. <BR> My husband on the other hand, is not encourage much, he often tells me how big my... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 11:51:15 EST I have done my "spark" today. Sometime ago, I was little off the track. Then when I pick up the exercise again, I got dizzy just after 10 minutes. I haven't been drinking lots of water. I didn't even pay attention what was I doing. The only thing I did is that not to over eat. So my weight hasn't go back up much. Now I see my energy level is not as good as when I was exercising. <BR> <BR> Now I am fully following the programme again. The difference is great. I am just happy that I didn't completely left the programme. I ... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 11:00:07 EST Feeling the burn again. I have been using the same exercise routine for a while now. Last week I went up to Youtube and found a few new videos. I tried a few of them. Wow, I feel the different now. I can really feel my body working. I am going to do them for a month and see how things goes. <BR> <em>345</em> Tue, 5 Jun 2012 12:32:05 EST A week of holidays is over. Last week was fantastic. We have a whole week off. The weather was great. The kids had lots of play time, and so did I. We played bedmintion,went swimming, etc. I know I didn't track all that. But who has the time. We are having fun and being active. Plus we enjoyed many different types of fruits too. <BR> We all had great time. <BR> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 May 2012 05:18:32 EST Back to normal. Since my boy broke his finger, my routine has fall out the plan. specially the exercise part. Whenever I started to do something myself, the little one will come along and look for attention. Well, he has got all the attentions for the past 4 weeks. Now the cast is off, finger is fine. It will take a little longer to be fully recovered, at least he would leave me to do something alone. First thing I want is to catch up will my workouts, I have to say that I miss it a lot. <BR> <em>250</em> ... Sat, 5 May 2012 13:58:51 EST Stick with the plan I have used spark people few years ago. But whenever something interrupt it, I felt it was not good enough. Then I give up. So I am very happy with myself this time. I have been sick and other stuffs happen. But I learned that in life there is always something happen with you plan it. The thing I can do is to stick to my plan and I will reach my goal. <BR> <em>250</em> <em>306</em> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:09:59 EST My boy broke his finger. Last Thursday, my daughter closed a door on my son's hand. It's not her fault of course. He just put his hand in there when she was closing the door. But this is the first time such accident happen in the house. There was a lot of blood and scream. My daughter was crying with hugh scare. When I finally found which was the injured finger then I thought: this is bad. Yes it was. it looks like the tip was falling off. <BR> I rushed to get something to press on the wound, and rang the ambulanc... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 06:30:04 EST Lost portion control So knowing in your head isn't good enough. You think you know how much you are eating, but you don't. <BR> I lost portion control last week. I felt I was eating all the time. No, it has to stop here and now. I have to get portion control and track my food. <BR> Sat, 31 Mar 2012 09:24:05 EST Starting new challenge Finally I completed the "Better sleep challenge" and the "Spring into shape challenge". In order to keep myself going with a strong motivation. I joined another two. <BR> Day 1 for "28 days bootcamp". <BR> I was working in the morning. So I thought maybe I should start doing the videos tomorrow. While I was sitting there and going through the site. I realized that if I am not as tired, I might as well just get up and do it. So I did. It was great. Something new gives me a boost. I am happy I ... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 13:20:16 EST It's on track again. Last weekend was the St. Patrick's long bank holiday weekend. The kids planed so much and mess up my plan a little bit. <em>198</em> Even I didn't get online as much as usual, I still manage to stay active. I am very pleased about that. Now we have things back to normal, I can properly look into my goals and achieve them one by one. That is just so satisfying. <em>211</em> <BR> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 15:18:12 EST No cardio today Yeap. I did not do any cardio exercise today. But I had a great workout. <BR> Today, the sun decided to show its precious face. So I took the kids to the park. Pushing the kids on the swings;Pushing the seesaw up and down; Helping my little guy going up on the high slide etc. Wow, I have to say I had lots of fun playing with the kids there. And was my heart pumping. It was great. <BR> Later on, we headed to the pool. My husband and I took turns to watch the baby and both did good distance of ... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 17:25:56 EST Bit off today I didn't do my cardio today. It's going to be just yoga and some strength training. Even I did not track what I eat online, but I do know that I did not over eat. It's just the kind of day which I need to relax. <em>9</em> Sun, 11 Mar 2012 14:16:14 EST 106 days with spark I was just sitting down to make a work out plan for next week. <BR> After the stages of fast break and change the old habit. Finally I can say that I am on track to a healthier life style. Exercise and eating with portion controls are a part of my life now. I am very comfortable of doing them. And very happy to also. <BR> At the same time, I felt my life is more organized, I 'd lay out a plan each week. Knowing what will I probably be doing by some certain time. I felt more peace in my head... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 14:21:23 EST Going in March Without noticing, we are in March. Time fly. <BR> This months goals: <BR> 1. Portion control every meal!! <BR> 2. Complete the Spring into shape bootcamp challenge. <BR> 3. Lose 1 inch on the waist. <BR> 4. Keep up with my own cardio and strength exercise. Track them everyday. <BR> 5. Eat one type of fruit and 2 kinds of vegetable with every meal. <BR> <BR> I do hope there is going to be some changes on the scale, but it's not just about that. <BR> Think positive and keep working on it! <e... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 16:43:05 EST For Better Sleep Challenge I have completed the Jump Start Workout challenge. Earned a trophy. Woo hoo! <BR> Now I am going to start the Better sleep challenge. Since I had kids, a good night sleep has become a goal I can never reach. I wake up to tiny noises and can't get back to sleep. Let' s see if this challenge will help me. <BR> I have to answer these questions for week 1, so here goes. <BR> 1. I woke up at 6.30 am. <BR> 2. 10.10 pm. <BR> 3. None at the moment. <BR> 4. 1 cup of chow mein at 8 pm. <BR> 5. Walke... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 17:10:05 EST 3 months with Spark People. I am back on Spark People for 3 month now. Lots has changed. I am eating more vegetables and I am exercising regularly. It has became my favorite habit. <BR> Today I went for shopping, and looking for a little something as my reward. When I was trying on the clothes, I notice that I dropped one dress size. I am more toned and I am very happy for myself. Other than the changes in the body, I find myself happier than before. More often when I wake up in the morning, I am already in a better mo... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 14:54:02 EST Going slow. I checked my measurements this morning, better than a month ago. I learned from Spark People that the number on the scale isn't the most important. But since my number isn't moving at the moment, guess the progress showed on measurements will motive myself much more. <BR> Just keep working on it. That is what I am doing right now. <em>306</em> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 17:03:33 EST Week 3 of Jump start workout complete. I have completed week 3. I joined this challenge a while ago. There was on and off in between because of some illness. I thought I was never going to do it. But here I am completing week 3. I am quite happy with myself actually. I'm sure that I will complete all 4 weeks with no doubt. <BR> <BR> It's been almost 3 months with spark people. I learned few things. Best one is that every 10 minutes counts. I still can't continue do cardio for 30 minutes, if I did, I will have a bit of dizziness ... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 14:44:27 EST Happy Birthday to my babies. My daughter turned 9 last week and the day after my little boy turned 2. Happy birthday to them. <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 12 Feb 2012 15:44:23 EST Stage 2 complete. Good news: I completed stage 2! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I think now I am getting use to these habits. Specially about the portion controls and Exercising. <BR> One thing I am not 100 percent satisfied is about eating the right stuff. I know what's right and what's not. Only I still crave for things once in a while. I will give myself time to change to better. After all, you can not change your habits in a day. <BR> <BR> Stage 3 is about staying in the good habit. It will be challenging and... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 13:33:31 EST I am happy to be back. Finally I am back. This is out of nowhere sickness is making me very unhappy. But now I think that it has gone, I can get back on track again. <BR> I think from tomorrow I can start small sections of cardios and slowly build up. Wish me luck! <em>41</em> Sat, 4 Feb 2012 12:44:20 EST Complete week one Woo Hoo! I complete the week one of Jumpstart workout challenge. I actually started this challenge at the beginning of January. Because I had some trouble fit in the videos into my routine, I stopped. I am just glad that I pick it up again. I don't want to leave it in hanging, I wanted to complete the whole thing. Step by step. If I left it, I might think myself can not reach my goal either. I prove myself that I can do it. <BR> Enough about that. About the videos, most of them are good for ... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 16:30:13 EST 2 months with sparkpeople. Yes, I am counting the days. It's just passed 2 months. That was possibly the most healthy 2 months I've ever spent. I feel great. <BR> I learned to eat with controlled portions. I really enjoyed all the exercises. And now I feel much happier and healthier. <BR> Another thing make me really glad is that I got my husband to join me with the healthy activities. He stopped saying "I will start this summer" and he started now. He said himself that exercise help him feel less stressed. Now he alwa... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 17:53:09 EST Almost 2 weeks no progress. I have read many articles say that the numbers on the scale is not the only thing tells you how you are doing. But when you look at the numbers and there are no changes, this is really upsetting me. <BR> I have been working hard. I watch what I eat and exercise regularly. <BR> Oh well, I remember one member on the site said: You will reach your goal, it just take one step a time. I totally agree and I will keep doing what I do. Besides, all the cardio I do always leave me in a happy mood. ... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 16:44:43 EST I feel it Today I walked past by a full length mirror.(I don't have one at home.) I look at myself in it, I saw the difference , and I can not help it I smiled. Big time. I don't remember this is after how long that I'd actually enjoyed looking at myself in a mirror. <BR> Not only that, now I feel much more energized as well. Getting up on time in the morning is no longer a problem. Being active and exercise everyday make me happy. Instead of thinking that is what I have to do, I got into a good habit.... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 17:01:04 EST Not a good week. Last week was not good at all. I could not follow the bootcamp workout properly. Even I did not drop the cardios, I still think that I did not do a good job. <BR> I think it is because the holidays are over, and I don't have as much free time to go on the net. I can only do the exercise that I already remembered. Maybe I should try to put some workouts in the morning instead of to do them in the evening. And I should change the fitness setting too. <BR> Get back in there girl. You can do i... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 07:11:40 EST